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Annual 'Men's Night Out' is OK with ladies

Event to benefit Domestic Violence Center of the Santa Clarita Valley held at home of Bob Kellar

Posted: May 23, 2009 9:47 p.m.
Updated: May 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

It's an evening for the men and that's OK with the ladies because it's all for an important cause - supporting the Domestic Violence Center of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Councilman and former mayor Bob Kellar will once again open his Sand Canyon ranch for the annual Men's Night Out, a $100 per man BBQ dinner and cigar event, aimed at raising awareness and funds for the Domestic Violence Center of the SCV.

Domestic violence transcends all socio-economic groups. It is more likely to go unreported or underreported in middle and upper class neighborhoods because of population densities.

It is more likely that the sounds of domestic violence will be heard and reported to police in apartment settings versus single-family homes.

National statistics indicate women are the victims of domestic violence approximately 85 percent of the time and men, 15 percent.

Though domestic violence cannot be justified and never condoned or minimized, it is important to differentiate why men and women batter intimate partners. Men batter to gain power and control over intimate partners - women generally batter out of frustration. Additionally, women are much more likely to suffer injuries as well as suffer repeated assaults.

The mission of the Domestic Violence Center of the SCV is to promote and preserve nonviolent, nonabusive family systems.

To do this, the agency provides emergency shelter; 24-hour hotline; women's support groups; crisis intervention; individual counseling; children's therapy; legal service referrals; court-approved Batterer's Intervention Program; and outreach education and community service programs.

If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence, call 911 in an emergency, or the Domestic Violence Center of the Santa Clarita Valley at (661) 259-HELP, or (661) 259-8175. Info: www.dvcsantaclarita.com or write to at P.O. Box 220037, Newhall, CA 91322.

The annual barbecue event, which includes dinner, beer and wine and cigars, is open to men, but an RSVP is required. For more information on "Men's Night Out" or to RSVP, call the Center at: (661) 259-8175.

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